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Year in photos 2017

Take a look back on 2017 in photos.

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Photo by Emily Mentzer

Snow was quite the story during the winter of 2017. Schools were closed and sporting events canceled several times before the season was over.

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Photo by Jolene Guzman

Former Motor Vu owner Jeff Mexico takes down a sign at the snack bar at the drive-in after officially closing the drive-in theater in February.

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Photo by Lukas Eggen

Central junior Bethanie Altamirano placed first in the girls 400-meter run at the 2017 OSAA Track and Field State Championships. She was one of eight Panthers to place at the state meet.

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Photo by Lukas Eggen

Jacob Deming took second in the 300-meter hurdles at the OSAA Track and Field State Championships in 2017. Deming was one of 10 athletes to compete at the state meet.

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Photo by Jolene Guzman

Leon Beauchamp retired in April from Falls City’s Fire Department after volunteering for 51 years. The department named Beauchamp an honorary lifetime member.

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Photo by Lukas Eggen

Dallas High School's softball team had a solid run in 2017, eventually placing second at state. The Dragons earned a 25-5 record, including an 18-0 mark in Mid-Willamette Conference play.

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Photo by Lukas Eggen

It's a boy -- and a girl! Derrick and Jasmine Angelus celebrate the birth of their son, Lincoln, with Dallas Fire and EMS on June 14. Responders assisted Derrick and Jasmine with Lincoln’s birth on May 29 at the couple’s bathroom at home. Lincoln was the second baby Dallas Fire & EMS delivered in 2017. The first, Hailey Marie Haas, was delivered at home in February to parents Brandie Foster and Justin Haas.

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Photo by Lukas Eggen

Tyrell Williams, a wide receiver with the Los Angeles Chargers, held an Offensive Skills Camp at Western Oregon University in June.

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Photo by Jolene Guzman

Van Well Building Supply’s 2017 Summerfest parade entry was all about the Aug. 21 Great American Eclipse. Dallas' signature event took second fiddle to the eclipse happenings in 2017, but will be back with a few changes in 2018.

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Photo by Jolene Guzman

Louie Kazemier’s Rickreall Dairy was of one of three recipients of the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy’s 2017 “Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability Award.

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Photo by Jolene Guzman

Brylie Emigh, 8 months, sits atop her dad, Matt Emigh, before the 2017 Polk County Fair’s Beautiful Baby Contest, a highlight during the three-day run. Brylie followed in her father's footsteps, placing in a category in the contest just like he did in the 1990 contest.

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Photo by Stephanie Blair

The crowd at Riverview Park views the eclipse on Aug. 21.

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Photo by Lukas Eggen

The Great American Eclipse at totality the morning of Aug. 21. The eclipse blocked out the sun for nearly two minutes in Polk County.

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Photo by David Rosen

Polk County Courthouse under the dark of the solar eclipse on Aug. 21. Visitors from near and far joined Polk County residents to watch the eclipse, and take part in eclipse-centric celebrations in the days before the big event.

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Photo by Emily Mentzer

New Central School District Superintendent Jennifer Kubista talks with Silvia and Kirby Johnson on the first day of school in September. Kubista was selected from three finalists at the end of the district's search to replace former superintendent Buzz Brazeau.

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Photo by Jolene Guzman

Fall means time for wine harvest at Polk County's vineyards. Grape picking crews took advantage of favorable conditions to harvest grapes in between rain storms this fall. Here, leaves on trees and vines at Airlie Winery are changing color.

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Photo by Jolene Guzman

Doug Graven, left, Mark Sturtevant and Carol Chaney all portray characters in the first Dallas Downtown Association murder mystery in October. The event will return next year just in time for Halloween.

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Photo by Lukas Eggen

Dallas runners Trevor Cross, Gavin Grass and Toby Ruston race during the Dragons’ home meet on Oct. 18. The boys cross-country team qualified for state for the first time in more than 30 years in 2017.

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Photo by ANDY ATKINSON/Mail Tribune

Dallas’ volleyball team celebrates during its victory over Crater in the 5A state play-in round on Oct. 24. The Dragons late-season run ended in the state tournament quarterfinals in November.

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Photo by Jolene Guzman

Festive Fourth of July celebrations took place in every community in Polk County in 2017, including the always fun parade in Falls City.

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Photo by Lukas Eggen

Exhausted competitors drink water following the Kids Triathlon, part of Dallas' Summerfest celebration in July.

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Photo by Jolene Guzman

Keagan Graves, 8, sold mistletoe during the Christmas season to buy toys for children in need. Keagan's generosity is just one example of the spirit of giving that was on display in every community in Polk County during the 2017 holidays.

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Photo by MICHAEL SULLIVAN/News-Review

Falls City’s football team made history in the 2017 season, making into the state semifinals before losing to Dufur 58-28 on Nov. 19.

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